Cold Case
6:04 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Nearly Five Decades Later, Kidnapping Still Haunts Surfside’s Former Mayor

Paul Novack has boxes of evidence and documents in his law office's conference room.
Credit Eric Barton

Not everyone remembers the moment when they lost the innocence of their childhood. But Paul Novack is reminded of that moment every day.

“Something about the Goldman house is that I drive by it at least twice a day,” says Novack. “It’s a constant reminder of what happened here in 1966.”

What happened in 1966 was suddenly the town of Surfside – Paul Novack’s town – became a place where horrendous crime happened. It began when a robber slipped in through the unlocked back door March 28, 1966, while the Goldman family slept.

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